Announcing the New Divers Paradise Boutique Hotel


Under construction



We are excited to announce the groundbreaking of our new scuba dive boutique hotel and restaurant/bars. We worked diligently with local government entities and are finally under construction!

Bocas Dive Center
is  open and fully functioning
during construction!

Our divers paradise boutique hotel will host Bocas Dive Center, our new restaurant, 2 lively sports bars, a suite for handicapped travelers, and 23 rooms.

Our new facility is scheduled to open in 2016, and will provide the ultimate Panamanian vacation experience for our guests.  We are located at Calle 4th and Avenida Sur by the ferry dock.

We are hoping for a dry rainy season and that construction will go smoothly and quickly so we can have you back with us with no time!

If you have questions or want to hear more about the plans of the new building, please contact us or visit our site.


Top Recommendations for Discovering the Best of Bocas

recommendationsWelcome to our little slice of paradise! We hope you let us help you experience the wonders of the underwater world. The ideal way to explore any dive site is by having a guide who is familiar with the location. Our guides are expert in finding the most beautiful spots, the most interesting wildlife, and the most magnificent coral clusters. Let us know what interests you most, and we will lead you to it!

Top Ten Bocas Dive Shop staff recommendations for the most dynamic diving experience:

1.  Relax! – take things slowly while you dive. Keep in mind you’re a stranger with plenty of bubbles within the underwater world. More fish will hang around you if you are relaxed.

2.  Be Respectful – you are in the living space of the fish, turtles and other marine life, so please don’t disturb the natural environment, and refrain from kicking up sand.  It will help to do so by practicing your buoyancy and boosting your confidence.  Try to leave about 3 feet of space between you and the ocean’s residents.

3.  Don’t Touch – please don’t poke, push or frighten the fish, marine life, or coral.  This can be dangerous to their health (and sometimes to your health as well).

4.  Offer Space – at all times enable the marine life a clear exit route. You and your dive partner or group should keep to one side.  Never surround whatever you’re looking at. If the fish feel safe, they will stay around longer to enhance your experience.

5.  Keep Your Food Out Of the Water – please don’t feed the fish, aside from this being harmful to the natural environment, you can’t observe the natural behavior of fish if they’re simply being attracted to scuba divers for the food.

6.  Don’t Rush – move along slowly in the water and focus on the seascape surrounding you. It will help your navigation skills, and provide you with time to truly take notice of the smaller creatures. As a result, initially frightened fish may possibly pop back out or perhaps return to take a closer look at you.

7.  Gauges and Gear – be comfortable with all the gear before getting in the water.  It’s very important to have a routine for checking your gauges. Routines can help so you don’t waste time and aren’t distracted underwater while fiddling with your equipment.  The top equipment designers on the planet can’t make a gauge better looking then what you’ll see around you!

8. Be Kind to Yourself – we’ve noticed that divers who prepare themselves with a good night’s sleep and plenty of hydration the night before diving have a much better time than those who don’t.  We also recommend only light consumption of alcohol on the evening before a dive.

9.  Share – stay with your partner during the dive. Before the dive talk with your partner about the types of marine life that you’re both interested in.  Take the time to point out any interesting things you have discovered. 4 eyes are better than 2.

10. Above all, ENJOY YOURSELF!



Simple Tips for Preventing Seasickness (Divers Alert Network)


Seasickness or Motion Sickness – featured from DAN (Divers Alert Network)

Seasickness is a condition individuals may experience when on a moving platform. It involves a general feeling of illness, dizziness, nausea and vomiting. It is also called motion sickness. Passive motions disturb fluid movement within the labyrinth and affects one’s sense of balance and equilibrium. It is exaggerated when the brain receives conflicting messages delivered from the eyes, muscles and joint sensors (proprioceptors). In a closed room, the view indicates that the surroundings are still, while the signals from the labyrinth indicate that the body is moving. Motion sickness can occur when traveling on a ship, plane, train, bus or car. Some people are more sensitive than others, but if the motion stimuli are strong and the exposure lasts long enough, nearly all individuals will experience it.


The symptoms of motion sickness include dizziness, sweating, nausea, vomiting and a general feeling of discomfort or illness. Symptoms can strike suddenly and progress from simply not feeling well to cold sweats, dizziness and vomiting. Motion sickness is more common in women and in children 2-12 years old. Individuals who suffer from migraine headaches are also more prone to motion sickness. Motion sickness lasts as long as the motion lasts. Once the motion stops, symptoms quickly subside. Some people feel “sea legs” after a long sojourn at sea.

Prevention and Management

If you know you have motion sickness or might be prone to it, consider this advice:

  • On a boat: Stay on deck and focus on the horizon. Avoid inhaling exhaust fumes.
  • In a car: Sit in the front seat. If you are the passenger, look at the scenery in the distance.
  • Do not read in moving vehicles. Reading makes motion sickness worse.
  • Avoid heavy meals prior to diving.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid alcohol the evening before you travel.
  • If possible, stand up. Sitting or lying down can make you feel worse.
  • Eat dry crackers to help settle a queasy stomach.
  • Avoid others who have become nauseous with motion sickness.



Motion sickness can be treated with over-the-counter and prescription drug products.

  • Over-the-counter products: Antihistamines are commonly used both to prevent and treat motion sickness. A side effect of antihistamines is drowsiness, which is exaggerated when alcohol is consumed. Drowsiness may adversely affect diver safety.
  • Prescription products: The scopolamine skin patch (Transderm Scop) is a popular option. The patch is applied to the skin area behind the ear at least eight hours before exposure and can help prevent motion sickness for up to three days per patch. Scopolamine may cause dry mouth, blurry vision, drowsiness and dizziness. Patients with glaucoma, enlarged prostate and some other health problems should not use this drug. Be sure to tell your doctor of your existing health problems to help determine which drug is best suited for you.
  • Alternative remedies: Various alternative remedies have been promoted as being helpful in relieving or preventing motion sickness. In most cases, the evidence of efficacy is missing. However, if you have mild symptoms, you may try ginger or peppermint products to ease your symptoms without risking side effects.

To learn more tips, visit the DAN Health & Diving library at


Make a Difference in the Life of a Sea Turtle

Guest Post by Contiki Vacations

Storytelling has the powerful ability to inspire change, so Contiki sought out 12 storytellers together to highlight a partnership between Costa Rica’s Sea Turtle Conservancy and Contiki Cares, powered by Treadright. The 12 storytellers were an influential group of bloggers, filmmakers, photographers and social media experts asked to join the Treadright Foundation’s sustainability partner, Céline Cousteau, on a VIP conservation trip, based on Contiki’s Costa Rica Unplugged itinerary.

The Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) performs research that has been instrumental in saving sea turtles from extinction throughout Central America and the Caribbean. The mission of this trip was to further sea turtle conservation efforts in Costa Rica while simultaneously making young people worldwide aware of the impact their own efforts can have on the preservation of this endangered species.

Watch the video and see how you can make a difference – or share your story.